Tyler Perry’s Sistas has produced its first spinoff titled Zatima, centered on fan favorites Zac and Fatima (portrayed by Devale Ellis and Crystal Hayslett).
BET+ gave a 10-episode series for Zatima in which Ellis and Hayslett will reprise their roles as Zac and Fatima as they navigate the ups and downs of their relationship.
The standalone series would also open up more space to explore Zac’s world now that he’s a stock-tip millionaire. Time will tell what will become of Fatima’s job, because she currently works as Andi’s assistant at a law firm. No word yet on if the couple’s antagonists/exes Karen and Hayden will take part on Tyler Perry’s Zatima.
Ellis first joined the Sistas scene in 2019 as a series regular while Hayslett was first introduced as Fatima in 2019 as a recurring guest star and has since been elevated to series regular on Sistas.
Perry will executive produce, direct and write the series, which started production at Tyler Perry Studios this week and is slated for a 2022 premiere on BET+.
While Zatima is the first spinoff to stem from Sistas, it is Tyler Perry’s second spinoff for BET. The first was Ruthless, an offshoot of Tyler Perry’s The Oval that followed a woman named Ruth who kidnaps her daughter and joins a trippy religious cult.
“We are continuing to strengthen our investment in quality programming, and our partnership with Tyler Perry has a proven track record of super-serving our audience,” said BET’s President and CEO, Scott Mills. “We look forward to unlocking crossover viewership opportunities between our linear platform and our streaming service one of our strongest series, ‘Sistas.’ With ‘Zatima’ joining our expanding roster of BET+ originals, BET is committed to giving viewers more of the compelling content they love and expect across our platforms.”